Eiko Otake
The Duet Project: Distance Is Malleable

World Premiere

ADF Commission


von der Heyden Studio Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center

Monday, July 8, 8:00pm
Tuesday, July 9, 8:00pm
Wednesday, July 10, 8:00pm


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ADF Commission!
Co-presented by Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Duet Project: Distance Is Malleable
A collaboration with Beverly McIver, Alexis Moh, DonChristian Jones, and Mark McCloughan

Eiko’s performance will be an interdisciplinary, inter-generational work that interweaves various duets with an eclectic mix of collaborators including Durham’s celebrated painter Beverly McIver. The theme of this ADF-commissioned work focuses on how distance is malleable, as demonstrated through select encounters between Eiko and her collaborators. In addition to McIver, these include visual artist, rapper, singer/songwriter DonChristian Jones, dancer/poet Mark McCloughan, and filmmaker Alexis Moh. Post-performance discussion is Monday July 8.

This performance contains partial nudity and adult themes.

Large print PDF of program available here.

Don’t miss these additional residency activities while Eiko is in Durham!

Tuesday, July 2,
7:00 p.m
The Regulator Bookshop
Video Talk: Distance is Malleable

Eiko looks back on her history and presents the ideas that have resulted from and inform her art practice.










Saturday, July 6, 2:00-3:00pm
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Moderated Talk: Eiko Otake & Beverly McIver






“Meeting Eiko” by Beverly McIver


The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works.

The presentation of The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by the Asian | Pacific Studies Institute of Duke University.

Alexis Moh and Eiko Otake